Dodgers News: Tony Gonsolin's season likely over, LeBron James, Hurricane Hilary

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The very bizarre 2023 MLB schedule has now seen the Los Angeles Dodgers off on Sunday twice this year, with this past weekend featuring a three-game set against the Miami Marlins capped with a Saturday doubleheader.

This time, though, MLB rescheduled some games due to Hurricane Hilary's presence on the west coast, which forced the Dodgers-Marlins series to conclude on Saturday.

It was a scary scene on Sunday too, with the area around Dodger Stadium completely flooded due to the heavy rainfall.

The Dodgers won't return home until next Monday so in all likelihood everything will be suitable for them to take the field again at their home park.

After dropping Friday's game, the Dodgers captured both on Saturday to continue their hot stretch. LA is 16-2 in the month of August and hasn't lost a single series.

But they lost another starting pitcher Saturday when Tony Gonsolin was placed on the injured list. The right-hander got shelled once again on Friday night in the team's 11-3 loss. He allowed 10 earned runs on eight hits (five home runs!) and four walks in just 3.1 innings.

After the game, Gonsolin told reporters he has been dealing with an elbow issue, and manager Dave Roberts said he was pitching with an arm issue for at least a month. He was placed on the injured list the next day and it's unlikely he'll return this year.

Dodgers News: Tony Gonsolin's season likely over, LeBron James bobblehead night

The Dodgers' pitching staff has been decimated by injuries all year, so it's puzzling they kept trotting Gonsolin out there knowing something was wrong. He's logged just two quality starts since the beginning of June and they came against the White Sox and Rockies. Since then, his ERA has ballooned from 1.77 to 4.98 and his FIP increased from 4.58 to 5.44.

It's been Gonsolin's worst season by far, but at least fans have a way to pinpoint his troubles rather than wonder if he's playing himself off the 2024 roster with a massive regression.

Meanwhile, Mookie Betts has represented the opposite of a regression. The All-Star has almost reinvented his game as a fearsome power hitter and expanded his defensive versatility by playing second base and shortstop this season.

On Saturday, he clocked both game-winning hits for the Dodgers, including a homer in the evening tilt during LeBron James bobblehead night. He saluted the future basketball Hall of Famer as he crossed home plate, too.

LeBron attended the game with his two sons, which was noteworthy because Bronny, who is enrolled at USC and playing for the school's basketball team, suffered cardiac arrest a little less than a month ago during a team practice. It was refreshing for LA fans to see him doing OK as he enjoyed a public event.

The Dodgers donated $100,000 to James' foundation, the "I Promise Program," as well to further the good work that's been done in the community since he signed with the Lakers.

Pretty cool bobblehead, too. All in all, a great cap to the weekend at Dodger Stadium before the NL West leaders head on a six-game road trip to face the Guardians and Red Sox.